Interview – Cameron Smith on Evolution and Anthropology

  Jonathan and Chris interview Cameron M. Smith, professor in the department of anthropology at Portland State University. They discuss what is anthropology; what it's like teaching evolution in the United States; what the theory of evolution is; what we've learned from the fossil record; whether or not humans are still evolving; what a hominin is; the revival of Lamarck's theory; and Cameron's real-life adventures on inhospitable terrain and his prediction for humanity's new space…

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Check Our Insta-Knowledge-Gram on Organic Food and Cancer

  If you don't follow us on Instagram, what are you waiting for? We're test-driving a new Instagram-friendly mini-lesson format with our cartoon avatars. It's called Insta-Knowledge-Gram and the first one is on organic food and cancer. Just look up "thebodyofevidence" on Instagram, click on our latest post, and start swiping left through the mini-slides! https://www.instagram.com/thebodyofevidence/  

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Should you take a daily Aspirin? It depends …

Should you take a baby aspirin every day? The question keeps coming up and three recent studies in the NEJM have cast doubt on its benefits. Read my latest article on the topic here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-should-you-take-a-daily-aspi... ************************************************************************* A series of recent studies has made people ask whether acetylsalicylic acid, better known as Aspirin, really is beneficial for your heart. As most people know, Aspirin is fixture in the field of cardiology and is routinely prescribed to people…

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042 – Childbirth and Crowdfunding Quackery

  It's Two Men and a Baby as Jonathan realizes that Chris takes odd bets and ends up with an infant to care for. Has childbirth been over- or under-medicalized? Ada talks to clueless university students about the miracle of life. Do epidurals make mothers too "chill"? The boys discuss maternal mortality rates, what can go wrong while giving birth, and water births (wait! how does the baby not drown?). Also: how can crowdfunding platforms…

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New tech holds the promise of changing your health — the problem is that sometimes it doesn’t work well

People love their gadgets. Fitness trackers are a great way to say I have a lot of disposable income and I care about my health. The problem is that a lot of the wearable tech out there doesn't necessarily do what it says it does.  I wrote about this for the CBC recently. Read the article here: https://www.cbc.ca/life/wellness/new-tech-holds-the-promise-of-changing-...   (Photo Credit: iStock/Getty Images)

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Epidemiology: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

"There are only a handful of ways to do a study properly, but one thousand ways to do it wrong." We often talk on the podcast about the difference between good and bad studies, about studies that prove causation versus the ones that just show an association. The field of nutrition research is particularly problematic these days and even John Ioannidis is sounding the alarm. I recently wrote an article for Medscape about what readers…

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Jonathan Has a Website

Just a quick word to let you know that I, Jonathan, now have a website that aggregates everything I do on the science communication side of things. Every article I write, every podcast I'm a part of, every video I release, every talk I give, and every media appearance I make: it's all there. It's jonathanjarry.com. Bookmark it. Subscribe to it. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming!

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041 – Cell Phones and Peanut Allergies

  Lost on the highway, the boys look for a cell phone signal and wonder about the potential dangers of their lifeline. Comedian Jacob Meza explores the possibilities of groin cancer while learning that some people may be scared of cell phones but are unwilling to give them up. Back in the studio, Chris and Jonathan discuss fava beans; the Larry King Show and brain cancer; subgroup analyses (which lie, they always lie); what male…

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Did Marijuana Save Kevin Smith’s Life

  Kevin Smith is a great storyteller. So naturally, when he was on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert in May, he used up the entire segment to deliver what was essentially a 9-minute monologue without giving Colbert a chance to ask a single question. The segment was funny and poignant, and it provided a glimpse into a vulnerable, self-conscious man who views the scariest night of his life as the best thing to have ever happened…

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